AFRICAT'S TOP PROJECTS THAT NEED FUNDING
The AfriCat Foundation is committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. By working with commercial and communal farmers, local communities, conservation conservancies, and the youth of Namibia, the AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain its various programmes. We are a nonprofit organisation registered in Namibia and everything we do, every project we tackle, every programme we are involved with, is supported by donors and well-wishers like YOU.
PROJECTS IN NEED OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT 2018/2019
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The AfriCat CCCP is dedicated to empowering communal farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and reducing large carnivore persecution.
Through Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Environmental Education programmes, AfriCat has contributed to uplifting communal farming communities since 1997.
Needs are identified and thanks to dedicated donors and sponsors, 20 plus nocturnal kraals have been built to date, a larger number upgraded as well as improvements to rural schools in the !Khoa di //Hoas and Ehirovipuka Conservancies.
One such school in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, the Onguta Primary School, which offers a pre-school class (ages 5-6 yrs.), and grades 1-3 to approximately 50 – 60 students, comprises three tents as classrooms, sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for a less than ideal learning environment.
HELP SPONSOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR
Why we need a second educator:
The interest in, and the popularity of, our programme has grown considerably since its humble beginnings in 1998, significantly at the more influential schools.
Additionally, AfriCat’s excellent Environmental Education programme is set to expand so that it can increase the number of learners who pass through its doors. A second educator will greatly assist the present head teacher with the additional school groups on site as well as expand on our outreach programmes across the country.
Help sponsor an essentail salary for the AfriCat Lion Guards: Keepers of the Wilderness
These dedicated community members are elected by their Conservancies, essentially carrying the message of Conservation from the highest authorities to the farmer.
The AfriCat Lion Guards encourage and guide communal farmers to adopt the AfriCat Livestock Protection Programme, identify priority villages for kraal-building, monitor and report on lion whereabouts and incidents, patrol fences, and report poaching and other illegal activities.
HELP SPONSOR A RESEARCH VETERINARIAN
The AfriCat veterinarian supervises and ensures scientifically sound ‘Large Carnivore Research Projects’, manages and monitors the animals at our AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre and supports farming communities in conflict zones.
AfriCat’s first part-time Research Veterinarian, Dr. Diethardt Rodenwoldt, joined us in August 2015. Dr. Rodenwoldt is responsible for monitoring the health and welfare of AfriCat’s long-term residents, as well as several of the carnivores in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
HELP SPONSOR RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT VEHICLES
Through our personal experience as farmers, and of our understanding of the communal livestock farmers’ struggle against predators, especially the lion and spotted hyaena, AfriCat has identified the necessity for education on improved livestock management and protection on both communal and free-hold (commercial) farmland.
Predator migration, outdated livestock farming methods, droughts and struggling traditional lifestyles result in the ever-present farmer-predator conflict throughout central Namibia, and along the borders of the Etosha National Park, as well as in a number of communal conservancies in our so-called wilderness area. High stock losses result in the retaliatory persecution of large numbers of carnivores. AfriCat carnivore research, community support and the livestock protection programme supports both free- hold and communal farmers by assisting with the upgrading of old and construction of new livestock kraals, and reinstating traditional herdsmen, as well as providing much needed advice on improved livestock and pasture management.
Team AfriCat guides the ‘stock-kraal’ programme, monitors the condition of established stock kraals on a regular basis and is a stand-by for lion related conflict in these communal farming areas.
HELP SPONSOR THE AFRICAT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
After many years of working with the farming communities, it became evident that environmental education was imperative to the long term sustainability of large carnivores in Namibia.
The main aim of the programme is to develop and improve environmental education for the benefit of the Namibian people in an attempt to increase awareness and understanding of the intricacies of environmental issues, promote greater tolerance of large carnivores outside of reserves and to find a practical and workable solutions to the human-wildlife conflict situation. The programme will endeavor to nurture skills and develop the knowledge of learners and communities, enabling them to participate in the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations in Namibia.
The AfriCat Environmental Education Centre, PAWS (People And Wildlife Solutions) on the Okonjima Nature Reserve was established in 1998, and funded by a donation from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and Okonjima Lodge.
The Centre is ideally situated to service schools in the central region. Schools, universities, learners and teachers are invited to partake in a three or five day environmental education programme. The curriculum is adapted to the ages of the different groups, and includes activities that focus on predator conservation and general environmental awareness.
HELP SPONSOR TRACKING EQUIPMENT
Help sponsor tracking equipment and collars for lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyaena and pangolin.
Today, Namibia is home to large carnivores, including Leopard Panthera pardus, Lion Panthera leo, Spotted Hyaena Crocuta crocuta, Brown Hyaena Parahyaena brunnea and Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus.
AfriCat is dedicated to their protection and long-term conservation, and recognize that it is only through diligent research of their habits and habitat that this can be successful.
Pulling teams together of researchers and veterinarians, research into territory, predation patterns, prey, population density and dynamics is carried out to help get a detailed understanding of how these large predators live and thrive.
Pooling and analyzing this data enables targeted decisions to be made regarding community support, advice to farmers, livestock management, and for the production of effective environmental educational programmes.
As such, the research projects conducted by AfriCat truly guide conservation strategies in the effective management and protection of the large carnivore population in Namibia.
HELP SPONSOR A STOCK KRAAL
Sponsor a communal stock kraal and support farmers protect their cattle
Since its inception during the early 90’s, AfriCat’s main goal has always been to find a workable solution to the ever present farmer-predator conflict on both freehold and communal farm land.
AfriCat’s field base, situated along the South-Western Etosha National Park boundary, is especially familiar with high stock losses due to lions leaving the confines of the park leading to the unabated, retaliatory persecution of these and other carnivores in the area.
The lion range extends west, southwest and northwest of Etosha upwards to the Skeleton Coast, with small prides and individuals residing in a number of the communal conservancies of the Kunene Region. Here, livestock farmers share habitat with these lions as well as other conflict species such as hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and elephants.
HELP SPONSOR A VETERINARY FIELD CLINIC
THE AFRICAT MOBILE VETERINARY FIELD-CLINIC Understanding Human-Wildlife Conflict and finding solutions:
This 4×4 truck/vehicle will have to be fitted with long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and mud terrain tyres, solar panels and extra power-supply for fridges to keep the medication cool.
AfriCats’ field projects are expanding to include communal support and the vehicle will be modified to allow basic surgical procedures in the field, for example taking a plastic bag out of the stomach of a cow so that the farmer does not have to travel to the nearest local veterinarian. The time saved on travelling often means the difference between life and death of these animals.Read full project details here (PDF)